Kids make contraptions

Two Greenwood elementary students submitted to a Kootenay science competition - suggesting ways to improve food supply through technology.

Peyton Spani suggested an apple processor that makes sure every seed is saved to grow more trees as her entry in the Kootenay Association for Science and Technology search for technological improvements to our food supply.

Almost everyone is interested in what the next gizmo is going to be, but two West Boundary Elementary students took it a step further and put their imaginations to work in designing the next gadget as they competed in a regional science contest.

The students were asked to explain how technology can improve our food supply in 50 years. There were 155 students in Grades 2 to 8 from school districts 8, 10, 20 and 51 entered the Kootenay Association for Science and Technology (KAST) GLOWS Kootenay Contraption Contest. GLOWS stands for Growing Learning Opportunities With Science.

Two students of Jennifer Eaton at Greenwood Elementary School entered the contest.

Jacob Colin came up with a food generator, which you use to scan your food and then type in which foods you want and, “Bam–you have your food.”

Grade 4 student Peyton Spani envisioned an apple snack packaging machine. Apples go in one end, are cut in half, the seeds removed, it gets further sliced and then placed in snack-size packages. Importantly, the seeds are saved to grow more trees.

Other students designed contraptions to address the way food is produced, moved, packaged, stored and consumed.

The grand prize winner was Ben Luterbach, in Grade 3 at Kinnaird Elementary School in Castlegar. He described a 3-D food printer with a spool containing protein, carbs and sugar, fat, cellulose and water. By plugging an electronic device (an Apple!) into the printer, typing in which type of food you want it will create the food. “This contraption will help people who can’t go to the grocery store,” wrote Luterbach in his contraption’s description.

GLOWS partners with educators, scientists, municipal organizations and community members to bring high quality science- and technology-related events and activities to our youth. “Our goal is to share a passion for science and technology with children and youth in our region and to build a love of science and technology into the foundations of our communities,” they state on their website.


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